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Spy

Vidocq the spy in the French Revolution, was a short man, vivacious, vain, and talkative. He spoke of his feats with real enthusiasm and gusto.

Spy

(of Vanity Fair). Leslie Ward, successor of “Ape” (Pellegrini, the caricaturist).

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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